We went to Cork city on Friday. The missus had an hospital appointment. Just 60 miles for a ten minutes conversation. I of course went with her to give her passenger commentary while she drove the windy roads to Cork. I noticed a lot of the fields still are full of straw stubble and far too wet to plough.
Any road we got to the Cork 'Park and Ride' after negotiating lots of chicanes and one lane dual carriage way designated roads because of the major new road works in the city. Don't get me wrong it's great to see infrastructure and the lads and the machinery working. It's just that the 'powers that be' don't seem to spend a penny on the rural roads. You can't even walk along the country roads at night because there are no pavements, ridiculous high speed limits on roads built for horses and carts. Public transport is very rare or even doesn't exist.
Any road (again). We paid five Euros for a parking ticket and boarded a BUS. I had to go upstairs (naturally) and enjoy my midlife crisis/second childhood and realise that I was actually on a bus. Is it really too much to ask for to have some public transport in a rural setting? My next adventure is to go on a train. It's been so long and I am starting to get dewy eyed when I see television programmes which feature trains. Hey perhaps I could get a train to go with my 2 tractor collection?
The bus journey was really enjoyable and it dropped us off in the city centre. We decided to pass some time 'people watching' and doing some 'retail therapy'. I waited outside one shop listening to a busker playing a saxophone and an elderly lady came up to me and said:
"Isn't it dreadful having to listen to them playing their organs in the middle of the street?"
I have course nodded in agreement (can't you tell I am half English?) and wondered why is it always me who gets asked their opinion by complete strangers. Perhaps I look wise, mature or just completely daft?
Do you want a laugh and a joke? Good. Go to Youtube.com/Sminky Animation. There's a self taught genius animator from Cork called Andrew James who's posted his cartoons. There's lots of swearing and the accent sounds like a certain ex Manchester United midfielder talking. My favourites are: "I can't do it." Handsome Donkey, "Awful Sad" and "Fat Rabbit". Enjoy folks.